Qualify as a Professional Client and Receive Lower Margin Rates
Experienced traders who meet the criteria can qualify for access to higher leverage and other account features including:
- Lower margin rates
- Access to a dedicated Market Strategist
- A range of loyalty rewards and benefits
Already a FOREX.com client? Log in to MyAccount to apply for Professional Client status.
Lower Margin Requirements
|Current Min. Retail and
Professional Margin Rates
|New Min. Professional
FOREX.com Account Margin Rates (29th Jul)
|New Min. Professional
MetaTrader Account Margin Rates (29th Jul)
|New Min. Retail
Margin Rates (29th Jul)
Professional Client Account Features
Reduced trading costs
We are not obliged to offer the following to Professional Clients but have elected to continue doing so:
Client money remains segregated from our funds and will be unaffected in the event of our insolvency.
Best Execution remains unchanged as we owe all our clients a duty of best execution.
The detail of Trade Confirmations remain unchanged and are sent by the end of the first business day following the execution of the trade, or earlier.
Key Information Documents remain available to you.
You will waive some FCA protections:
Margin and Leverage Limits remain unchanged despite the changes that ESMA introduce for retail clients.
Mandatory changes to product features which protect retail clients will not be mandatory for you. (e.g. negative balance protection and margin close out levels).
We will assume you have the relevant knowledge and experience levels to understand the risks in trading leveraged products.
We may use more sophisticated language when dealing with you as a Professional Client than we do with our retail clients.
Qualify for Professional Account Status
Qualification criteria in detail
To qualify as a Professional Client, you will need to meet at least 2 out of the 3 eligibility criteria outlined by the FCA.
The criteria are as follows:
Trade size & Volume
You have had traded, in significant size, in the forex/CFD markets or other leveraged products (e.g. indices, shares, spread bets, futures, options, other derivatives etc.) at an average frequency of 10 transactions per quarter over the previous four quarters (with FOREX.com and/or other providers).
Significant sized trades are classified as having a notional value of £10,000 for equities and £50,000 for forex, indices and commodities or equivalent in local currency.
Size of portfolio
The size of your financial instrument portfolio, defined as including cash deposits and financial instruments, exceeds EUR 500,000 (or equivalent in your local currency).
Acceptable examples of savings and investments: Cash savings, stock portfolio, stocks and shares ISA, trading accounts, mutual funds, SIPP (excluding non-financial instruments).
Unacceptable examples of savings and investments: Company pension, non-tradeable assets, property, luxury cars, jewellery.
You work or have worked in the financial sector for at least one year in a professional position, which requires knowledge of the transactions or services envisaged.